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About Kevin Wicks

Kevin Wicks founded's Anglophenia blog back in 2005 and has been translating British culture for an American audience ever since. While not British himself—he was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri—he once received inordinate hospitality in London for sharing the name of a dead but beloved EastEnders character. His Anglophilia stems from a high school love of Morrissey, whom he calls his "gateway drug" into British culture.

Posts by Kevin Wicks

Posts by Kevin Wicks

WATCH: How to Use Cockney Rhyming Slang

If you’re only just now getting a handle on all of the basic differences between American and British English, there’s a whole other U.K. lingo to learn: Cockney rhyming slang.

WATCH: How to Make British Cocktails

No, the Brits aren’t just known for cider and warm beer. Some of the world’s most refreshing cocktails—from the reliable gin and tonic to the effervescent Pimm’s Cup—originated across the Atlantic.

WATCH: Do Americans Know British Geography?

First, let us start with a note: There’s no more reason for Americans to know British geography than there is for Brits to know the names of the 50 American states and all of their capitals. But Buzzfeed put their up-for-anything …

WATCH: Dating Talk in the U.K.

For a nation of people not known for wearing their hearts on their sleeves, Britain sure has an abundance of terms for physical affection. In this episode of the Anglophenia video series, Kate Arnell teaches you a few British terms to …

Alan Rickman is the ‘British Kevin Bacon,’ Fans Say

In the parlor game “Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon,” you must tie the prolific star to any other film actor in six steps or fewer. Last month, we asked BBC AMERICA viewers to weigh in on the British actor who most fulfills the …